Before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos face off on the football field in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Lady Gaga will take center stage to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Grammy Award-winning singer was announced as the performer of the U.S. national anthem this month.
“I’ve always wanted to sing the national anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl,” Gaga (who was born Stefani Germanotta) told NFL Network reporter Nate Burleson. “And for it to be the Super Bowl is the ultimate.”
The 29-year-old “Poker Face” singer went on to say that performing at the annual event is one of the “highest honors” of her career.
“I get a chance to sing for all the athletes who have been working so hard their whole lives for this moment, the coaches, as well as the fans in the stands who are waiting for this moment, and I think it marks what being an American is all about,” Gaga said. “Working hard, and that being the ultimate payoff for the champion, is hard work.”
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 6, 2016
At the Super Bowl, Gaga will follow in the footsteps of national-anthem singers such as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood. Last year, the honor went to “Frozen” actress Idina Menzel.
If Gaga is nervous about performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” she isn’t letting it show. She told the NFL Network’s Burleson that her plan is to sing “from the heart” because that’s when the song sounds the “most majestic.”
Gaga isn’t the only performer singing at Super Bowl 50. Coldplay will headline the halftime show, which also will feature Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, both of whom have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows in the past.
According to a Super Bowl guide produced by the New York Post, Gaga is expected to perform on CBS at 6:25 p.m. EST. The national anthem will be followed first by the coin toss and then by the kickoff at 6:30 p.m.